The Game

Musical Score By: Daniel Pemberton

Distributed by: MovieScore Media

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            In The Game, a six-part BBC America television event, Tom Hughes is Joe Lambe, a young MI5 operative in 1970s London who is about to become involved in an investigation that may reveal a possible traitor among the MI5 ranks.  His previous indiscretion involving a Soviet agent makes Joe a possible suspect, but could he be the sleeper agent everyone is looking for?

            The musical score of The Game was created by Daniel Pemberton, an award winning British composer.  Though recently involved in film scoring, Pemberton is best known for his work in television scoring and has composed scores for a number of television series, including Prey, Complicit, Space Dive, Peep Show, Desperate Romantics, Occupation, Upstairs Downstairs, Prehistoric Park and Hiroshima.

            Performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, the score contains mainly strings, woodwinds and percussion, but the composer also incorporates out of tune trombones, scraped piano strings and more unusual sounds, adding a unique flavor to the music.  When listening to The Game Soundtrack, one is immediately aware that this music was created for a spy thriller, featuring a 70s jazz styling that is a nod towards the spy thrillers of that era.  There is a sense of sneaking about and danger that can only be associated with these types of films.

            Though there are some unique and intriguing moments to The Game Soundtrack, I found I was rather bored by the time I reached the twenty-second and final track.  There simply wasn't enough uniqueness to grab me and keep my attention.  Fans of the six-part series or simply fans of the composer may want to check this album out, but I predict most will pass it by in the music stores after sampling.


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